Friday, February 17, 2012

February Music

I got a request to make a blog about my new favourite songs, and I decided that instead of posting a massive list of titles, I would go through and pick the best of the best and explain why I like them. Every song I listed is worth a download. Enjoy!
Happy Endings - Lee Brice: This chorus. My goodness, it is so beautiful. The harmony, the obvious sorrow and regret in his voice. It's haunting. You'll want to listen to it over and over again and your heart will ache every time.

Love Like Crazy - Lee Brice: This song is basically the story of my grandparents, and the first few times I heard it brought me to tears- happy tears. Do everything the words in the chorus tell you to and your life will be wonderful.

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri: The combination of the piano, guitar, and Christina's husky melancholy voice is absolutely stunning. It's a powerful song.

I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz: I would have walked down to the isle to this one if it was out in time. Soft acoustic guitar with words that reflect a man refusing to give up on a relationship. 
Angel at my Door - Needtobreathe: This is reminiscent of an Eastern folk song with cheery beats and raw, emotion-filled vocals. The lead singer's voice is so unique, you just need to listen to it to know what I mean.

Give Me Love - Ed Sheeran: Listen to the entire thing, the end gets even more amazing. Ed has such a lovely way of turning a normal love song into something different and beautiful.

What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction: Okay I admit it, I love this song. It's just way too much fun to dance to and make me feel good about myself haha. Also, the chorus reminds me of 80s rock, and I love 80s rock.

Cinema - Benny Benassi ft. Skrillex: if you feel like a hardcore dubstep with a perfect mix of quieter vocals, this one is for you. 

Sister Rosetta - Noisettes: I just get really pumped up when I listen to this. It makes me feel like dancing in a street or something. It's just really fun.

Sailboats - Brooke Fraser: Pretty, quiet, fresh… everything by Brooke is fabulous. This song is my lullaby.

Fake ID - Big n Rich ft. Gretchen Wilson: Best country song to dance to, hands down.

Two Hands (For Kenya) - Katy McAllister: Katy is an artist who isn't famous yet, she just posts her music on Youtube. She's incredibly talented and this song has moving lyrics about trying to change the world for better, as well as pretty vocals.

Drive By - Train: This is a new one by him, and it's officially my favourite song to blast in the car. It's upbeat, catchy, and the lyrics are cute too.

Kissed a Girl - The Orange Strips: Such a weird song, yet addicting at the same time. I play this when the sun is setting. For some reason I feel like it's fitting.

Taylor Rebecca

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hurry up, Spring.

I hope all of you are enjoying February. At this point though, I'm ready for winter to be over. I've had enough of this weird rainy, snowy, cold season. Spring can come any day now. I'm longing for the lake to lose it's layers of ice and the buds on the trees to start poking through and add colour to this grey and white landscape. I'm tired of my winter jacket and snow boots, and having to huddle in front of the space heater every morning waiting for the house to heat up. It was fun during the late fall and christmas season, but now I just want to be warm and sun-kissed again. Can I get an Amen?

Josh and I have been house-hunting like mad lately. We've been in homes all over Grey and Bruce County, as well as the South Bruce Peninsula. Since Josh and I are still fairly new in our careers we've been looking at real estate in the 'starter homes' section. So far, everything we've seen needs way too much work- homes are half sunken into the earth, floors and roofs need replacing, the basement is full of water and runs the risk of flooding the upper levels… Josh and his dad are both men that can handle a huge building project, but the money that we'd have to put into the house for repairs wouldn't be worth it.

We don't want an apartment because we have enough for a down payment on a home, so why pay rent when we could pay a mortgage for the same price and get something out of it in the end? My parents have decided to let us stay at the cottage for a while longer until something perfect shows up on the market. We hope it's soon, but at the same time, summer on the lake? That would be nice. We'll see what happens.

I'm excited to be booking weddings already for the summer! I can't believe how blessed I am to be able to do something I love as a full time career. My new Taylor Rebecca Photography website is about to be launched, as well as a few other things that I can't wait for you to see. This spring and summer will be very very fun. Stay tuned. :)

I have been able to see my family a lot over the past month. Last Sunday was slightly dramatic, as my twitter followers may have seen. We were driving home from church in a convoy, with Josh and I in the lead. On the road adjacent to my parents' farm Josh and I saw a huge clump of auburn hair lying in the snow. I made him stop the car and back up so we could get a better look, and after a closer examination we discovered a pool of blood as well as skin attached to the roots of the hair. I freaked out, saying we needed to call the cops because some poor girl had been abducted, or worse. My sisters put the long hair in a grocery bag and even collected a sample of the blood. (Yes, I'm aware we sound nuts, but if this really was a crime scene it was about to get blown away in the snow squalls we were having that day.)

I could tell Josh was disturbed by this whole situation, but being the calm, collected, graduated police student that he is, he didn't show any signs of fear. When we got home my mom forced my reluctant dad to call our local OPP office and tell them what happened. He finally did, and explained that it was probably nothing, but if it was something, they should know. Half an hour later a cruiser came up the lane way and a serious looking officer sauntered up our front steps. My sisters and I handed him our evidence proudly and explained that the only reason we tampered with it was because it was about to be blown away in the storm. We could tell he was nervous to look in the bag. He hesitated, and I swear I could see his hands shaking. When he saw the hair his face went grave and I started silently freaking out. "You were right to call us," he said.

Then he reached in and felt the hair, and paused. When he looked up he was smiling. "This is horse hair, you guys. Feel how thick and coarse it is!" He passed it around the room and we were all so embarrassed. Woops, sorry officer. We discovered that the hair had been pulled out of one of our neighbour's horses' tails. Probably by a coyote. The cop started killing himself laughing, but told us we did the right thing by letting them know. It did look like human hair. 

After he left my dad shook his head saying that our family has the worst rep in the history of Bruce County for having the cops show up for no reason; accidental pocket dialings, broken necks that turned out to be merely a goose egg, potential burglaries, and one time our phone was left off the hook all day and my grandma assumed we were being held hostage, so she made the police come investigate. Ohhh well, alls well that ends well, right? 

Josh and I had a wonderful first valentine's day as a married couple. We were supposed to have dinner reservations at Rosina's, an elegant italian restaurant in Port Elgin, but they were closed until February 14th and by the time we got a hold of them they were fully booked. Josh went out and picked up a bottle of red wine, strawberries and milk chocolate for melting. We packed a little picnic and headed into the trail system in the forest behind our home. Deep in the woods Josh chose a fallen tree to spread the blanket on, and we enjoyed the drink and food. We stayed out there for an hour before it got chilly (and the resident coyotes started trying to pick fights with April) and we headed home, where we made pad thai and bruschetta and finished the rest of our wine by candlelight. It made for a romantic evening.

Summer, Violet and April are all maturing into well-behaved little creatures. April had a faze where she destroyed everything in sight, but thankfully she's coming out of that now. Maybe she was teething? I don't know. She still sleeps in the bed with us, although now she knows not to hog the entire space. She curls up under the sheets and shares a pillow with Josh. Never, ever thought I'd see the day. I guess that's what happens when you fall head over heels for a helpless stray.

I'm about to go work on my website! I want to launch it soon, it's almost finished! Enjoy the rest of February, try to stay warm!

Taylor Rebecca

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sipping Jetstreams

Travel keeps you young. It does this by simply putting you in situations that make you feel like a child again. Magically lost in a moment of discovery. Beautifully confused. 

It could be the first time you awaken to the 5:00am call to prayer from the local mosque on Morocco's far Atlantic shore, the first time you feel the weight of the Egyptian sun on your shoulders, the first time you paddle out over the shallow reefs of the Caribbean, or the first time you realize that people living in squalor can achieve happiness as easily as those living in mansions. 

These are life's opportunities to shed the hustle of modernity, to join the moment, and stop sprinting toward some prefabricated goal. Your heart races. Your metabolism shifts into lower gear. Everything is new again. You're sipping jet streams.

(I take no credit for the words or photo.)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Snow White

I love shooting with Jamie. Our first session was on a dark, windy day in November at an old stone mansion in Owen Sound. The photos turned out beautifully, and I was so excited when she contacted me again wanting a winter shoot.

This time we went for a modern-day Snow White theme and Jamie's hauntingly glamourous looks pulled it off perfectly. 

We met at Inglis Falls on the day after a massive snow storm and picked our way through a slippery, rocky path to the shoot location. Jamie wore heels and managed to navigate the trail gracefully. I wore flat winter boots and bailed hard core... because 'graceful' just doesn't seem to be in my vocabulary. 

Enjoy these photos, this girl is going places. 

Taylor Rebecca